March 1, 2004
BERKELEY, Calif. - The No. 4 California women's golf team competes at the Spartan Invitational Tuesday-Wednesday, March 2-3 at the Corral de Tierra Country Club in Salinas, Calif. The 54-hole tournament, hosted by San Jose State, features 36 holes on Tuesday and 18 holes on Wednesday on the par-72, 6,010-yard course.
The 17-team tournament features (rankings are the latest, according to Golfweek): No. 33 Arizona State, No. 4 California, UC Irvine, No. 2 UCLA, Cal State Monterey Bay, Colorado, Hawaii, No. 45 Nebraska, No. 24 UNLV, New Mexico State, Oregon State, No. 23 Pepperdine, No. 39 San Francisco, No. 47 San Jose State, No. 21 Stanford and No. 10 Washington.
Cal's likely lineup for the tournament is: sophomore Sophia Sheridan, senior Sarah Huarte, senior Claire Dury, sophomore Sofie Andersson and senior Anna Temple. Freshman Danielle Nash is expected to compete as an individual.
Last season, the Bears finished third at the Spartan Invitational at plus-26 890, behind Pepperdine (minus-18, 846) and UCLA (plus-18, 882). Huarte paced Cal in a tie for 12th at 222, while Vikki Laing and Sheridan tied for 14th at 223. Pepperdine's Katherine Hull won the individual crown with an NCAA record 16-under 200.
Cal is coming off a fourth-place showing at the Wildcat Invitational Feb. 23-25 in Tucson, Ariz. Sheridan placed second and tied the school 54-hole mark at minus-one 212, vaulting her to a team-best 20th national ranking by Golfweek. That ranking also is Sheridan's collegiate best. Huarte is ranked 21st, and Dury is 48th.